Little by little, details are pouring out about the film depicting the life Mahalia Jackson with Fantasia Barrino starring as the gospel legend. The movie will show the New Orleans-bred singer who was raised in poverty but went on to become one of the most influential gospel singers of all time. It is based on the book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel. Jackson died at the age of 60 in 1972.
The New York Post reports that the film will go by the title Mahalia and has the full support of Jackson’s estate. No official word on when shooting begins, but the budget for Mahalia is set at $23.9 million. The Post also added that Fantasia has a deal in place where she will receive a percentage of the film’s gross.
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